Every year, the day before the Oscars, Film Independent present the Indie Spirit Awards. The 2013 awards were held Saturday Feb 24 in a tent at the beach in Santa Monica.
The Indie Spirit Awards often nominate several of the same films as the Oscars. This year is no different. To see a list of nominees see the official website.
Below are the winners of the Indie Spirit Awards, 2013.
Best Feature-"Silver Linings Playbook"
Best Director-David O. Russell for "Silver Linings Playbook"
Best Screenplay-David O. Russell for "Silver Linings Playbook"
Best First Feature-"The Perks of Being a Wallflower"
Best First Screenplay-Derek Connolly for "Safety Not Guaranteed"
John Cassavetes Award- "Middle of Nowhere "-- Writer/Director/Producer: Ava DuVernay; Producers: Howard Barish, Paul Garnes
Best Female Lead-Jennifer Lawrence for "Silver Linings Playbook"
Best Male Lead-John Hawkes for "The Sessions"
Best Supporting Female-Helen Hunt for "The Sessions"
Best Supporting Male-Matthew McConaughey for "Magic Mike"
Best Cinematography- Ben Richardson for "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Best Documentary-"The Invisible War" -- Director: Kirby Dick; Producers: Tanner King Barklow, Amy Ziering
Best International Film-"Amour" directed by Michael Haneke
Plaget Producers Awards-"Stones in the Sun" Mynette Louie-Producer
Someone to Watch Award-Director Adam Leon "Gimme the Loot"
Truer Than Fiction Award-Director Peter Nicks for "The Waiting Room
Robert Altman Award-*WINNER: "Starlet" - Director: Sean Baker; Casting Director: Julia Kim; Ensemble Cast: Dree Hemingway, Besedka Johnson, Karren Karagulian, Stella Maeve, James Ransone
Film Independent is an organization that sponsors the Independent Spirit Awards. They are also behind the popular L.A. Film Festival where many films have made their premieres. The "Twilight" series made their premieres at the festival, always with a huge red carpet.
This organization also offers Indie filmmakers classes and opportunities to get their film made, or at least pushed forward.
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